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Poll: Americans pin poverty passage on Obama
Angela Abbamonte, Religion News Service
November 25, 2009
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Poll: Americans pin poverty passage on Obama

Poll: Americans pin poverty passage on Obama
Angela Abbamonte, Religion News Service
November 25, 2009

More Americans believe a statement about giving “justice to the

poor and homeless” came from President Obama instead of its true source, the

Bible.

A survey conducted by Harris Interactive for the American

Bible Society found that 54 percent of U.S. adults polled believe the statement

— “You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope.

Be fair and give

justice to the poor and homeless” — came from a celebrity or politician, when

the statement actually comes from Proverbs 31:8.

Of the 1,001 adults surveyed, 16 percent believed the

statement came from Obama; 13 percent said it came from the Bible. Other

popular answers included the Dalai Lama, Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah

Winfrey.

Other questions in the survey also addressed poverty and the

Bible. In a question about the teachings of the Bible, 40 percent said the Bible

offers the most teaching on heaven, pride or adultery, even though poverty is

actually mentioned more than any of these subjects.

The survey was developed to coincide with the release of the

society’s new Poverty and Justice Bible, which highlights verses about poverty

and justice and provides tips on helping people in need.